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Letter To The Editor: Public Transit Provides Economic, Environmental, Convenience And Health Benefits

on January 20, 2019 - 9:52am
By DENNIS SEGURA
Engineering Project Manager
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities
 
For the past 4 1/2 years, I have been a regular user of public transit, as I live near Glorieta and work in Los Alamos. I utilize the NMDOT Park and Ride, Atomic City Transit and occasionally the Rail Runner from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. I choose to take public transit for a variety of reasons, among them economics, environmental impact, convenience and health.
 
My daily commute is 100 miles round trip.

County Crews Getting Handle On Pothole Epidemic

on January 19, 2019 - 12:07pm

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson this morning on Trinity Drive getting a handle on the epidemic of potholes emerging around town following recent snow storms. Traffic and Streets Division crews are doing what they can to fill the potholes based on weather and availability of materials and labor. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

On The Job In Los Alamos: Uber Driver Leora McMullan

on January 19, 2019 - 11:05am

On the job Friday afternoon is local Uber driver Leora McMullan in White Rock. Call McMullan to schedule a ride at 505.350.3660 or tap a button to get a ride by downloading the Uber app here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Major Pothole Spotted On East Road Near Airport

on January 17, 2019 - 4:48pm

Motorists are urged to keep alert and on the lookout for potholes emerging throughout the county like this large one spotted this afternoon on East Road just west of the Los Alamos County Airport. County road crews are patching the potholes as weather permits. We encourage residents to send us their pothole photos so we can publish them to let others know the locations: caclark@ladailypost.com. Photo by Bonnie J.Gordon/ladailypost.com

Caution: Potholes Emerging Following Winter Storms

on January 17, 2019 - 3:31pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division staff would like to remind motorists to be on the look out for potholes that are developing in the days following several back to back winter storms.

As snow begins to melt off of roadways, the potholes are exposed in the pavement.

“Until the hot mix plant re-opens this Spring, and we see much warmer temperatures return that are needed for the hot mix to be an effective patch, we are going to continue to be in a reactive mode to fix only the worst potholes with a temporary solution,” said Dan Erickson, Traffic and Streets Division

NCRTD: Martin Luther King Holiday Schedule, Closures

on January 14, 2019 - 12:20pm

RTD ‘Blue Buses’ will not be in service on Jan. 21, however, the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green route to Taos Ski Valley, will operate. Courtesy/NCRTD

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced its schedule and closures for the Monday, Jan. 21 Martin Luther King holiday.

RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service, however, the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green route to Taos Ski Valley, will operate.

LANL Announces 2-Hour Delay Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 4:01pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced it will be on a 2-hour delayed start Monday, Jan. 14.

Employees should report to work between 10-10:30 a.m. today.

Weather conditions differ in various areas so employees should contact their immediate supervisor should they have issues making it to work.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 12 a.m. Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 2:28pm
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning this afternoon through 12 a.m. Monday for the Los Alamos area. The NWS also updated its forecast to predict the possibility of 3 to 5 inches of snow today and 1 to 2 inches tonight, with a high today near 32 and a low around 20. The forecast for Monday is partly cloudy with a high near 38 and a nightime low around 20. Here is a view early this afternoon heading down the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Scene at about 1 p.m. today heading east past the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A.

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In White Rock

on January 8, 2019 - 5:14pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County began mobilizing snow removal crews this afternoon in the White Rock area.

The crews are using a moto-grader and backhoe and concentrating on snow removal from curb to curb. The snow is being cleared from windrows and loaded into dump trucks where applicable.

Residents are asked to use caution around the machinery and to move parked vehicles from the street.

Los Alamos County thanks the White Rock residents for their patience and is continuing to work hard to keep County roads safe.

Direct questions and comments to the Public Works Department at

New Snow Blower Gets Busy On San Ildefonso Road

on January 8, 2019 - 4:46pm

A new snow blower machine is busy this morning vacuumimg up snow on San Ildefonso Road and  blowing it into dump trucks that hauled it off to the Los Alamos County Fair Grounds. Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, unveiled the machine Monday evening on North Mesa. It is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In Tsikumu Village

on January 7, 2019 - 8:15pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County will be mobilizing snow removal crews beginning today to the Tsikumu Village area and the work will continue until all streets in the village are passable.

The efforts will include snow plowing and removal by truck to an offsite location. Atomic City Transit services will remain open; however, services will work around the snow removal efforts.

Residents are asked to use caution around the operation and to remove vehicles from the roadway and park vehicles in driveways.

Los Alamos County thanks you for your patience.

Direct questions and comments to the

County: New Snow Removal Operation On North Mesa Begins This Evening … Avoid Parking On Streets

on January 7, 2019 - 5:57pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, will be unveiling a new snow blower machine that is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away.

This new machine will be able to load trucks faster than the traditional heavy equipment loader and increase efficiency in the snow removal process.

The new operation will commence this evening on North Mesa and the neighborhood surrounding San Ildefonso Road, Big Rock Loop, Capulin Road and Broadview Drive.

Residents are asked to avoid parking on the street if

County: Road Construction Alert

on January 7, 2019 - 9:49am

COUNTY News:

Guzman Construction Solutions, the contractor for the new homes being built for Mirador on Parcel A-19 just north of N.M. 4 near the Visitor Center in White Rock, will begin work this afternoon for utility tie-ins for the subdivision.

The work requires the closure of the west entrance leading into the White Rock Visitor Center overflow parking lot.

Initial work involves potholing the area to locate existing utilities and to determine the quantity of rock excavation required in order to place the utility lines in the area.

Fog Settles Along Truck Route, Parts Of White Rock

on January 6, 2019 - 7:05pm

Fog settled along the truck route at about 5 p.m. today and extended along N.M. 4 into areas of White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of snow showers before midnight with a nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible and a low of around 20. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Fog along the truck route at about 5 p.m. today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Statement On Winter Driving Safety Tips

on January 5, 2019 - 5:22am
COUNTY News:
 
Winter weather is here, and Los Alamos County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.
 
Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.

Atomic City Transit Peak Service Cancelled Today

on January 3, 2019 - 12:58pm

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit peak service is cancelled today – regular route service being performed with some delays due to road conditions.

Riders are asked to use the MyStop app on mobile devices for bus locations.

County Update On Atomic City Transit Service

on January 2, 2019 - 5:47pm

COUNTY News:

With the announcement that Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain closed Thursday due to weather conditions, Atomic City Transit will not offer peak bus service tomorrow – but bus routes will be back up and running otherwise.

This will allow ACT employees to continue shoveling out bus stops and shelters Thursday.

County Manager Announces Altered Schedules And Closures For Wednesday Due To Weather Conditions

on January 1, 2019 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

In light of today’s heavy snowfall, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced this evening that non-essential County facilities will remain closed Wednesday in order to provide snow clearing crews the opportunity to continue to address main, collector and residential streets throughout the County.

County recreational facilities will be closed, including the Libraries, Ice Rink, Golf Course and Aquatic Center. Other County services inside the Municipal Building for the Customer Care Center/Dept.

County Update: Road Conditions Remain Hazardous

on January 1, 2019 - 1:56pm

COUNTY Traffic Alert Update:

Pajarito Mountain is OPEN; however, the Traffic Division staff urges residents who decide to travel on Camp May Road to be advised of nearly-impassable road conditions. 

The first section of Camp May Road is slightly more than one lane in width, which means passing oncoming traffic will be difficult.

For those who decide to head to Pajarito today, driving a vehicle with high clearance, four wheel drive and tire chains is advisable. 

For safety reasons, the County will continue to discourage traveling on Camp May Road at this time, although snow removal crews

County Snow Removal Plan And Request For Patience; Help With Snow Clearing Activities

on January 1, 2019 - 9:00am

County snowplows and sand trucks are out in force this morning clearing streets as fast as they can throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Following last night’s major snowstorm and as snow continues today, the County’s Public Works Director Philo Shelton asked for the community to continue to be patient with snow-clearing crews.

“The level of service for snow removal will continue to be greatly diminished since there is no room left to push accumulated snow,” he said.

County Traffic Alert: Major Snowfall Overnight Severely Impacts Roads ... DO NOT Attempt Travel This Morning!

on January 1, 2019 - 7:52am

COUNTY TRAFFIC ALERT:

Major snowfall overnight has severely impacted roads within the County.

Crews are responding but the amount of snow to clear will take extra time even for main roadways.

Camp May Road to Pajarito Mountain is NOT OPEN at this time. Crews are coordinating with the ski hill staff on their opening time today and will update residents.

County officials are urging residents to be patient and DO NOT attempt travel this morning give road crews a chance to clear the roads.

County Requests Patience, Help With Snow Clearing Activities; Bike Lanes Now Closed To Aid Snow Removal

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm

COUNTY News:

With the frequency of snow storms and amount of snow anticipated to exceed over at least 12 inches heading into New Years’ Eve and New Year’s Day, officials with the Public Works department cautioned residents today to manage expectations for snow removal for the next few days.

Beginning this afternoon and in anticipation of tonight’s approaching storm, crews will not be able to remove snow from the bike lanes on Diamond and Canyon.

“We need to wait until the snow can be hauled away from the lanes in order to open up the streets and sidewalks,” Public Works Director Philo

New Year’s Eve Buzz Bus: Don't Drink & Drive Dial-A-Ride!

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit, in partnership with the Los Alamos County DWI Council, is once again offering free Dial-a-Ride service for transport to and from New Year's Eve parties.

Service will begin at 6 p.m. and the last drop-off will be at 1 a.m.

Reservations will be accepted through the end of service. Don't drink and drive… Dial-a-Ride! Call 505.661.7433 to make your reservation.

Mores Scenes From Winter Storm Wednesday

on December 27, 2018 - 9:19pm

Scene Wednesday Trinity Drive looking west toward Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday morning on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon on Central Avenue in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon at Ashley Pond.

UPDATE: Main Hill Road And Truck Route Open

on December 26, 2018 - 7:18pm

Traffic Alert News:

Both the Main Hill Road and the Truck Route are opened and traffic is moving along smoothly.

LAPD reminds motorists driving in winter conditions to:

  • Maintain a safe following distance;
  • Slow down;
  • Watch for black ice; and
  • Brake slowly.

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